Welcome to Customs
SARS’s Customs division plays an integral role in facilitating the movement of goods and people entering or exiting the borders of the Republic.
The Excise division facilitates the levying of duties on certain locally manufactured goods as well as on their imported equivalents.
30 March 2017 - Registration, Licensing and Designation policy
The Registration, Licensing and Designation policy has been updated as Customs may impose conditions on a registered or licensed person.
The policy prescribes protection of potential tax revenue on goods received, stored, handled, transported or in any way dealt with, managed or controlled by the licensee in terms of the licence.
27 March 2017 - Excess Currency Policy
The Excess Currency Policy has been revised to substitute the Seizure Notice SC-PA-01-05-A01 with an Audi Alteram Partem Letter.
14 February 2017 - 13th deferment payment at the end of the Financial year 2016 /17
A reminder to all Customs clients who are deferment account holders to please adhere to the 13th deferment payment requirements which become due by each financial year-end.
The Customs External Standard Deferment document (SC-DT-B-02) effective 27 November 2015 stipulates that, in addition to the twelve (12) regular payment dates chosen by the client, there will be a thirteenth payment in March every year.
The statement period for this financial year (2016/2017) thirteenth payment will close on 28 March 2017 at midnight and payment must be made by 15:00 on 30 March 2017.
The e-statements will be available as at 00h01 on 29 March 2017 for account holders who are on eFiling. Account holders not on eFiling are advised to make prior arrangements to collect statements at the relevant Customs Office.
If any deferment account holder has difficulty in meeting this arrangement, you are advised to submit your written motivation for consideration to the Acting Group Executive, Mr. William Mpye at email@example.com by Friday 17 March 2017. Each of these cases will be considered on its own merits and for exceptional circumstances only.
Furthermore, stakeholders are advised, specifically in cases where their bank does not transfer direct payments immediately, that they should ensure that payments are made sufficiently in advance in order to meet the payment deadline as above.
25 January 2017 - International Customs Day 2017
SARS joins the World Customs Organisation (WCO) in celebrating International Customs Day on 26 January 2017. This year’s theme is ‘Data Analysis for Effective Border Management’, which allows WCO members to promote their activities in a sector that is key to the Customs modernisation process i.e. collecting and analysing data.
- 17 October 2016 - Updated Customs Provisional Payments external guides
- 14 October 2016 - Automation of Provisional Payments for Customs Imports Declaration and Activation of Preferential Codes
As part of our continued efforts to offer improved and efficient service to our clients, we have enhanced the process for Customs Provisional Payments. From the weekend of 14 October 2016, Customs transactions for provisional payments will be automated.
Traders will in the interim still have the option to submit manual application to make provisional payment (DA70 form) at a Customs branch until 29 October 2016. From then onwards the electronic system will be fully implemented.
See the details on the interim arrangements.
The automation will improve the way declaration and liquidation processes are managed and will have the following benefits for our clients:
- Saving you time as you need not visit a Customs office; it is a paperless process and you will no longer complete a manual DA70 declaration in certain instances.
- Simplified process for application for liquidation of provisional payment amounts. You can now amend the original declaration electronically using the initial reference number.
- Improved communication; expiry reminders will be sent to declarants using an automated system.
The automated changes are applicable only to provisional payments for import declarations related to the following three types:
- Provisional payments lodged at the time of original clearance
- Provisional payments lodged for conditional release of goods detained
- Provisional payments lodged for penalty of forfeiture.
The payment options remain the same; you can make payments either via eFiling, Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or at a Customs office in cash. See the Customs Provisional Payment Leaflet
for more detail. Use of Preferential Codes – SACU MERCUSOR Trade Agreement:
Although the activation of the under-mentioned preferential codes is a pre-requisite for the implementation of the SACU-MERCOSUR Trade Agreement, please note that the declaration of a preferential code will be required on all import declarations directly after the deployment of the systems enhancements on 14 October 2016.
100 – None (General Rate) required on all declaration lines where no Preferential treatment is required
200 – Preferential rate required on all declaration lines where a preferential treatment is required
300 – National Quota (Not in use)
400 – Preferential quota required on all declaration lines where Preferential Quota treatment is required
To avoid unnecessary rejections, traders must ensure the required preferential codes are populated in the applicable import declarations from 16:00 on Friday 14 October 2016.System downtime
Clients are asked to take note that Customs systems are expected to be down from 17:00 until approximately 21:30 on Friday 14 October 2016.
Clients should submit declarations by 16:00 at the latest. If applicable, you are also asked to make suitable arrangements prior to the abovementioned time with relevant Customs offices for processing of urgent cargo.
Any changes to this schedule will be posted on this website as well as the SARS EDI bulletin board
- 26 September 2016 - The MPR has been enhanced with paperless benefits, for more information visit Manifest Processing System (MPR) and Registration of MPR.
- 15 June 2016 - The rollout of the new Manifest Processing system (MPR) is scheduled to commence at 17:00 and should last until 22:00 on Friday, 17 June 2016. Please note that the SARS Gateway and Customs business systems will be shut down during this period.
Stakeholders are kindly requested to process all priority transactions by 16h00 on Friday, 17 June to allow for finalisation within the customs system before the systems shutdown. Any new clearances and manifests submitted after this time will queue on the Gateway until the system becomes available. Trade will receive acknowledgements (CONTRL messages) during the downtime, but the messages will not be processed.
As is the case with all major rollouts, the system downtime will include necessary internal SARS stability testing as well as processing of test cases as pre-arranged with certain stakeholders. Once this has been successfully accomplished, the SARS Gateway and Customs business systems will resume service for trade transactions. Read more here.
For more info on MPR, please visit the MPR page on Monday, 20 June 2016.
- 13 June 2016 - Latest on the SARS Customs electronic manifest process and system changes
- 1 June 2016 - Changes to the SARS Customs electronic manifest process and system
- 8 February 2016 - SARS systems unavailable
eFiling and SARS systems will be unavailable from 18:00 on Friday night, 12 Feb until 08:00 on Saturday morning, 13 Feb 2016 for planned systems maintenance,read more
- 25 January 2016 - Excise and Ad-Valorem Excise Duty Payment Dates for 2016/7
- 12 October 2015 – Enhanced Customs Statement of Account and eFiling payment process
As from 12 October 2015 SARS is introducing the first phase of improvements to the Customs account management and payment processes. This phase is aimed at enhancing the Customs Statement of Account (CSA) and the eFiling payment process, initiated via the CSA. For more info, see the letter sent to Trade and the Customs Statement of Account Guide. To see an example of the new CSA, click here. Read more.